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The C&NN news archive offers access to the latest media coverage of the children and nature movement. This ever-expanding archive connects leaders and organizers, parents, youth, civic leaders, educators and health-care providers to a growing body of articles dating back to 2007. For a comprehensive C&NN database search, use the advanced search feature to scan news center articles, C&NN's annotated research bibliographies, and the C&NN blog.
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Kids Can See Nature Differently Through the Lens of a Camera

By Tacoma Nature Center
The News Tribune
March 06, 2015

Kids Can See Nature Differently Through the Lens of a Camera

Photography as a form of creative expression can help children and adults alike see nature in new and different ways, helping them notice and appreciate details they may not have seen before. [+]

No—Kids Don’t Need All that Homework

By Jordan Sprogis
The Echo
March 07, 2015

No—Kids Don’t Need All that Homework

In a bold move, one New York elementary school has decided to abolish all homework in order to offer young students more balance and to maximize their opportunities to play, resulting in division among the school's parents. [+]

Getting Everyone to Go Outside

By Jim Huckabay
Daily Record News
March 06, 2015

Getting Everyone to Go Outside

Following up on last week's report, the Washington State Senate unanimously adopted the proposed Outdoor Heritage Resolution, setting the stage for a fruitful year for our movement in the Pacific Northwest. [+]

Redesigning Playgrounds to Promote “Loose” Play - Think Pop-up Play Spaces

By Inga Saffron
Philly.com
February 27, 2015

Redesigning Playgrounds to Promote “Loose” Play - Think Pop-up Play Spaces

Although outdoor play for kids is beneficial in a number of different circumstances, psychologists are beginning to wonder if the current "cookie-cutter" standards for playgrounds are too focused on safety and not enough on critical thinking. [+]

Texas Outdoor Family Program in Bloom for Spring

By Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Cypress Creek Mirror
February 28, 2015

Texas Outdoor Family Program in Bloom for Spring

The Texas Outdoor Family Program, which has grown rapidly over the last 6 years and so far served over 4,000 families, is gearing up for another busy season of affordable and accessible weekend camping workshops. [+]

Children’s Right to the Great Outdoors

By Jim Huckabay
Daily Record News
February 27, 2015

Children’s Right to the Great Outdoors

Last week, the Washington State Senate took the first steps toward the adoption of a Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights, affirming the right for kids and their families in the state to connect with nature. [+]

“Last Child in the Woods” is a Must-Read For All Parents and Educators

By Katherine Martinko
Treehugger
February 26, 2015

“Last Child in the Woods” is a Must-Read For All Parents and Educators

Treehugger publishes a glowing review of Richard Louv's book "Last Child in the Woods," explaining that it's more important than ever to look at the current model of how we are raising our kids and to make a concerted effort to let nature in. [+]

Learning Opportunities in Nature

By Pam Asheton
Cochrane Times
February 20, 2015

Learning Opportunities in Nature

Nature is chock full of opportunities for learning, as well as contributing to a child's ability to learn, wherever they may be. Unfortunately, in writer Pam Asheton's local Alberta, parklands often sit empty. [+]

Inspiring Vermont Students Through Nature

By Alexei Rubenstein
WCAX.com
February 20, 2015

Inspiring Vermont Students Through Nature

Vermont's EarthWalk program aims to fill the gaps in public education with weekly schoolday excursions into nature for some very vital lessons. [+]

Healthy Living: Go Play Outside: It’s Good for Your Eyeballs!

By Dr. William Sturrock
WABI-TV
February 17, 2015

Healthy Living: Go Play Outside: It’s Good for Your Eyeballs!

An exciting new study finds that sunlight stimulates the release of dopamine from the retina, and that this may have a protective effect on the eye. This is yet another reason that young people need to engage in regular outdoor play. [+]

Inspectors Mark Down School Because Children Don’t Play Outside Enough

By Gareth Davies
The Argus
February 15, 2015

Inspectors Mark Down School Because Children Don’t Play Outside Enough

A British school was recently marked down by inspectors because the students weren't getting enough opportunities to be outside, signaling a positive shift in the priorities of school administrators. [+]

Adventure Playgrounds Unleash the Power of Play

By Marsha Maxwell
Deseret News
February 17, 2015

Adventure Playgrounds Unleash the Power of Play

Another look at The Land, an adventure playground in Wales and the subject of a recent documentary that embraces chaos and play as a process of self-discovery. [+]

Children & Nature Network Applauds Groundbreaking New Initiative to Connect Every Child in America to Nature and Increase Diversity of our Public Lands through the Antiquities Act

By Children & Nature Network
February 19, 2015

Children & Nature Network Applauds Groundbreaking New Initiative to Connect Every Child in America to Nature and Increase Diversity of our Public Lands through the Antiquities Act

President Obama announced the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, which will ensure every fourth grader across the United States has the opportunity to visit a National Park or other public lands. This is a significant effort that addresses Nature-Deficit Disorder, a term coined by Children & Nature Network Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus Richard Louv to describe the sharp decline in time spent in nature by children across the globe over the past 30 years.
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Fit & Healthy Kids Honors ‘Mother Nurture’

By Kathleen White
Brattleboro Reformer
February 12, 2015

Fit & Healthy Kids Honors ‘Mother Nurture’

Natural leader Linda Bailey, also known as Mother Nurture, is being recognized as a community champion for her nearly 20 years of guiding children through an active winter experience program in Vermont. [+]

Children and Nature: Tips for Exploring the Outdoors with a Preschooler

By Dr. Carla Gull
The Elkhart Truth
February 11, 2015

Children and Nature: Tips for Exploring the Outdoors with a Preschooler

Dr. Carla Gull offers a variety of tips for parents of preschoolers who want to encourage their little ones to explore and experience nature. [+]

Give Today’s Kids a Daily Dose of Nature

By Cynthia Orlando
Statesman Journal
February 10, 2015

Give Today’s Kids a Daily Dose of Nature

From alleviating depression and reducing ADHD to empowering creativity and social skills, regular time spent in nature can have a profound effect on children. Arborist Cynthia Orlando discusses why a renewed focus on nature for kids is called for. [+]

Connecting Families to Nature in Texas

By Jennifer Bristol
Texas Children in Nature
February 09, 2015

Connecting Families to Nature in Texas

Children & Nature Network allies Texas Children in Nature were recently featured on the news for their vital role in helping Austin kids connect with its diverse local outdoor offerings. [+]

Hearing, Touching and Experiencing Nature

By Tara Bradbury
The Telegram
February 04, 2015

Hearing, Touching and Experiencing Nature

Textile artist Deborah Dumka's new exhibit aims to battle nature deficit disorder by inspiring people to spend some real time interacting with elements of nature and triggering their positive memories of the outdoors. [+]

Reducing ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’

By Dee Menear
The Irregular
February 04, 2015

Reducing ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’

In Maine, a group of young naturalists are tackling local conservation projects while garnering inspiration from the journal of one very famous champion of nature: Theodore Roosevelt. [+]

Into the Wild - Ireland’s First Nature Kindergarten

By Liz Kearney
Independent.ie
February 03, 2015

Into the Wild - Ireland’s First Nature Kindergarten

Ireland is joining the growing international effort to connect kids with nature with its first nature kindergarten, where students spend all day outdoors and are challenged cognitively by the unpredictability of nature. [+]

Four Ways to Combat the Winter Blahs

By Amy Joyce
Washington Post
February 04, 2015

Four Ways to Combat the Winter Blahs

It has been asked whether kids can get seasonal affective disorder, as many parents notice extra grumpiness and difficulty concentrating in their children this time of the year. Experts offer 4 solutions to tackle these challenges. [+]

How Schools Ruined Recess - And Four Things Needed to Fix It

By Angela Hanscom
Washington Post
February 04, 2015

How Schools Ruined Recess - And Four Things Needed to Fix It

Angela Hanscom of Timbernook discusses the loss of trust in children's free play and the potential difficulties that can arise with attention and behavior as a result of a restrictive play atmosphere. [+]

Hiding in Plain Sight: America’s Most Effective Conservation Program

By Will Rogers
Huffington Post
February 02, 2015

Hiding in Plain Sight: America’s Most Effective Conservation Program

The Land and Water Conservation Fund, a 50-year-old program, has protected some of America's most special places, lands and parks for generations of American families to enjoy and experience. Will Rogers of the Trust for Public Land argues that now is the perfect time for Congress to work together and keep this program alive. [+]

Families Come Together in Doral for Under-the-Stars Camping Event

By Rebeca Piccardo
Miami Herald
February 02, 2015

Families Come Together in Doral for Under-the-Stars Camping Event

The City of Doral is making camping under the stars accessible to Miami-Dade families with an annual campout that takes place at a local park. [+]

Urban Ecology Center’s New Washington Park Manager Hopes to Lure Kids Outdoors

By Andrea Waxman
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
February 02, 2015

Urban Ecology Center’s New Washington Park Manager Hopes to Lure Kids Outdoors

A new natural leader at Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center hopes to inspire young people with the simplicity and beauty of nature the same way he was inspired as a young child. [+]

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As part of our ongoing efforts to build the movement, the Children & Nature Network has published these resources for leaders, organizers, and participants at the local, national, and international levels:

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